The sad state of our college universities (esp. on the east coast) around the country are pretty much summed up here:
Big hair scores big bucks in speaking fees at New Jersey's state university. A Nobel prize? Not so much.
Rutgers University on Friday defended spending about $32,000 to bring reality television star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi to campus this week, despite several students questioning if it was a wise use of money.
That's $2,000 more than the school is paying Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winning author Toni Morrison to speak at graduation on May 15.
"We have more than 200 events on our campus during the course of the year, everything from scholarly presentations to entertainment," Rutgers spokesman Steve Manas said.
"The students canvassed for who they wanted here and had the funds available," he said.
More than 1,000 people came to the New Brunswick, New Jersey, campus to hear Snooki of MTV's "The Jersey Shore" speak Thursday.
Student Hina Rehman, 20, said she found it "disappointing" her tuition money was going to fund the event.
"The fact that our school spent $32,000 to bring her is ridiculous," she said. "It's fine the money used here is meant for entertainment purposes, but I think we can get better entertainment than that."